Beginning in June:
Civilisation Critical Summercamp
at Traumschule Riebau

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Are you ready for real alternatives to the inhumane and deprecated civilisation, that since a long time doesn‘t serve human needs?

We want a human friendly future, sharing knowledge, establishing contacts, learning new skills, developing and testing alternatives. How can we live a better life now and in the future without heteronomy, environmental destruction and consumerism madness?

Beginning june the Civilisation Critical Summercamp is being prepared and necessary infrastructure is being built. It is self-organized and Open Space.

Event location is the free space Traumschule Riebau, a former military building for border control, now an action platform and a self-organized skillsharing space in a green environment with four hectares for gardening. See ts.blogsport.de

The camp also is a space for relaxation, hiking through the surrounding nature (like the green belt nearby), interesting discussions and stress-free talks.

When: First of June until September, open end. In July events and practical workshops take place for topics listed below like degrowth, autarky, photovoltaic, solidary networking, living without money and many more. An always up-to-date list is here: ts.blogsport.de/summercamp

Afterwards the camp can go on for everybody still unenthused about civilization and repression!

During the summer also many other interesting camps take place (see below). During these times the ongoing projects continue but we reduce our fixed dates to a minimum. If you stay here, we are happy if you start spontaneous workshops on your own. There will be many comfortable corners for talking and planning, and when the weather is good, the place offers enough outside space for relaxing, games, fun and music.

Costs and Accomodation

The camp is uncommercial and a self-organized Open Space that thrives on your engagement. It works outside the barter or money logic. There are no entry fees or anything like that. There will be money hats for food etc. but no commercial interests.

Therefore, you basically need to bring a sleeping bag with you, and otherwise just some good mood.

If you have good food, it es very welcome though. :)

For sleeping there will be communal spaces, guest wagons and our currently unused railway station. If you need more comfort, please send us an email. We are sure we can find a solution.

There is enough parking space for caravans and a big meadow for your tents.

To avoid power structures and because of our intention to live without bosses and formal hierarchies the camp shall be without sexism, dogs and animal husbandry, or respectless behaviour. Everybody should be aware and intervene if necessary.

You want to help?

If you want to join camp preparations and setup the place, we welcome you to join the organization team in June. This may be attractive for all that would like to support future oriented events or wish to organize their own camps in the future. Following the tradition of the youth action meeting the organization crew will transfer the camp-responsibilities to the camp participants in July. We also are looking for support with the awareness structure.

Location

Traumschule Riebau
Riebauer Dorfstraße 78a
29410 Salzwedel OT Riebau

You reach us via train to the station Pretzier which is 3km south of our place, please see here.

The Train Station

The beautiful historical train station building is still unused and awaits an awakening by engaged and respectful people. Will it happen this year? Who has ideas how to use it? See here for some inspirations.

The Project

The Traumschule („dream school“) is owned by a foundation for open action spaces, open for all ages and with a lot of possibilities: permaculture garden, workshop halls, free area, repair cafe, tinkering, handcrafts, bike repair cafe, a sewing room, a room full of games, library, magazine archive and self organized projects of all kinds. The project has no debt and offers a lot of space for more users, groups and projects.

Currently we develop the infrastructure for the whole project with regard to events, political actions and in order to make the place usable during the whole year for alternative projects and workshops. We also perform practical research in the fields of sustainable food, energy, heating, and there is cooperation with local CSAs and foodcoops. We do self-organized publishing and support for environmental publications or (local) organisations (gruenes-blatt.de and „clean environment and reneable energy in the Altmark“). Regional networking is supported via a mailinglist and a printable event calendar.

A small group has the ambitious plan to equip the military building with an ecological heating system to setup a model project: if we manage to keep this building warm without fossils all year, it can be done everywhere. Sustainability was no priority during the Cold War and a 65kW oil heating was used to heat up the uninsulated concrete block during the winter.

The Altmark is located between the highway A2 in the south and the Wendland, in the north (known for numerous radioactive waste transports and protests during the last decades). The surrounding area is a mostly conventionelly used agraric area, formerly a swamp. However, in nearly every village you find alternative projects with some kind of solidary economy, with the will for food self-sufficiency, or living communities. The Altmark area is well suited for bike tours, e.g. around the green belt. In case you are able to get here earlier, the „Landpartie“ may be interesting for you: www.kulturelle-landpartie.de

The nearly unindustrial landscape offers a lot of green, but also

  • the gas and oil company Engie drills for gas and produces a lot of pollution with mercury and radioactive material, already some herds died from it
  • the Bundeswehr and other military from the EU trains for global endevours
  • animal husbandry (especially cattle) pollutes the ground water
  • the mostly conventional farming pollutes wild animals and humans

So there is a lot of potential for actions for environmental protection from below!

For political networking we use the Altmark mailing list and with a monthly newsletter we share regional event dates and important information.

Topics

Already proposed topics and practical workshops for the camp:

Governance

  • civilisation critic: Since its beginning it is about exploiting nature and humans. Centralism, governance, wars are developments of civilisation!
  • Energy and climate: dangers for the environment by fossil energy like Altmark gas. What do I use for heating? How can I reduce my ecological footprint?
  • post growth economy: How can an degrowth economy look like, that serves all humans and leaves room for nature?
  • Consumption and system change: How are our problems connected with the global and my own lifestyle? What can I learn to produce myself?
  • Fighting against oppression and for emancipation, actions and antirepression
  • Theory and practical applications for a free living – What do we need money for? Who needs education certificates? What is wrong with parliaments?

Practical

  • escaping the consumption trap: Upcycling and DIY – Create practical and beautiful things without money.
  • digital self-defence: How to secure my computer? How to publish without traces?
  • experimental zero energy house: We continue the work at the Earthship, see http://animamundi.blogsport.de
  • produce your own energy: Building off-grid PV systems with used panels (who needs some? Contact us!), or development of a wind turbine from used barrels (Savonius rotor)
  • We combine alternative concepts for heating: solar thermal energy, floor and wall heating, heat compost, mini biogas plant
  • controlling and measurement with sensors for compost, earthship, solar system, … logging with a Raspberry Pi minicomputer
  • optical Freifunk (10MBit up to one mile, see http://ronja.twibright.com )
  • construction: What sustainable materials can I use? How to finance without banks?
  • Mobility: How to drive ecologically over longer distances? We have a lot of bike parts and want to create public bikes for an open source bike renting system.

Community

  • free learning: Live and learn based on skills and needs instead of power and capital
  • School, democracy, „the people“, nation – manipulation for oppression
  • Community and decision making: Networking between Open Spaces intensive course for practical critic on hierarchic systems and building consensus from below

Health and good living for all

  • Permaculture, food, gardening, crafts: Harvesting food from the garden and collecting herbs from the wilderness instead of consuming destructive farming and poisonous junk food from supermarkets
  • Solidary farming and practical networking, infos about regional farming collectives
  • Health and therapy: Alternatives to a „health system“ that serves profit interests and makes us all ill

Program

You want to add a topic or an event? Send an email to traumschule@riseup.net with desired date, topic and a short description for our website. We will publish it on our blog.

Open Space is what you make of it. Already announced topics and events:

Daily structure (proposed)

After a month of preparation in June, in July construction and workshops will take place on a half-day basis, eg.:

  • 10 a.m. learning by skillsharing & research
  • 1 p.m. lunch
  • 2 p.m. construction, tinkering on concrete projects
  • 6 p.m. dinner
  • 7 p.m. films and discussions

Anybody not interested in the division between theoretical skillsharing and practical work is free to shift times and topics in coordination with a group.

Panels

can happen during the whole time:

  • Permaculture, food, gardening, crafts: Setting up a water system for the garden, construction of a green house, food from the own garden and herb collection walks
  • Earthship: continuing with the experimental zero energy house
  • ( http://animamundi.blogsport.de )

  • Working in the farming collective 6km nearby
  • Mobility: How to drive ecologically over longer distances? We have a lot of bike parts and want to create public bikes for an open source bike renting system.
  • Train station: Construct windows and small roof repairs
  • Digitize the library / sort the archive of magazines

Termine

    June 2017         July 2017         August 2017
Su     4 11 18 25        2  9 16 23 30     6 13 20 27
Mo     5 12 19 26        3 10 17 24 31     7 14 21 28
Tu     6 13 20 27        4 11 18 25     1  8 15 22 29
We     7 14 21 28        5 12 19 26     2  9 16 23 30
Th  1  8 15 22 29        6 13 20 27     3 10 17 24 31
Fr  2  9 16 23 30        7 14 21 28     4 11 18 25
Sa  3 10 17 24        1  8 15 22 29     5 12 19 26

CW 22 23 24 25 26    26 27 28 29 30 31 31 32 33 34 35

Juni: Vorbereiten der Camp-Infrastruktur

CW Program
22 Set up the garden kitchen
23 Build compost toilets and a new solar shower
24
10 a.m. heat compost and biogas plant
10 a.m. Raspberry Pi workshop
25
10 a.m. garden watering system and green house construction
2 p.m. building an optical Freifunk data link
ronja.twibright.com
external:
21.-25.6. MOVE UTOPIA Zusammen!Treffen!
21.-27.6. Climate camp near Most in the north Bohemia open pit mine area
24.6. Blocking the port of Amsterdam as second biggest coal harbour
25.6. Human chain against the nuclear power plants Tihange & Doel
26
10 a.m. Construction: What sustainable materials can I use for building?
Where do I find what? Upcycling from waste.
How to finance my project without banks.
2 p.m. Continuing with the Earthship: Theoretical input, practical clay

July: Food & Permaculture, Climate & Energy

CW Program
27
10 a.m. civilization criticism / energy and climate / degroth
2 p.m. low cost solar thermal energy
external:
7.7. Climate action G20 in Hamburg
12.-18.7. „International week“ in Büchel
17.-23.7. International anti-nuclear summercamp in Döbeln
27
10 a.m. Organizing against governance
2 p.m. Floor heating for the lounge in the ground level for workshops during the whole year and regional meetings
29
10 a.m. Consumption and system change
2 p.m. Photovoltaic off-grid systems and LED light system
30
10 a.m. School, democracy, „the people“ and nation:
manipulation for oppression
2 p.m. Social organizing: non-violent communication / Scott Peck / …

August: Community, Upcycling, Health

CW Program
31
10 a.m. Community and decision making: Networking between Open Spaces
intensive course for practical critic on hierarchic systems
and building consensus from below
2 p.m. Digital self-defence: How to secure my computer?
How to publish without traces?
/ set up a hackspace in the celler with floow/wall heating
external:
31.7.-6.8. War starts here camp near the military training area GÜZ
4.-15.8. Climate camp in Maury, France
32
10 a.m. Fighting for emancipation: Direct Action and anti-repression
2 p.m. Building shelves for magazine archive
33
10 a.m.
– Consumerism and system change: How are our problems connected with the global and my lifestyle? What can I learn to produce myself.
Bring your ideas!
– Escaping the consumption trap: Upcycling and DIY
Create practical and beautiful things without money.
– Theory and practical applications for a free living
What do we need money for?
– Who needs education certificates? What is wrong with parliaments?
2 p.m. Renovate the sewing and tinkering rooms
34
10 a.m. Health and good living for all: Alternatives to a „health system“ that services profit interests and makes us all ill
2 p.m. development of a wind turbine from used barrels (Savonius rotor) to power pressure driving machines and produce electricity.
external:
7.-16.8. Internationalistic anti nuclear camp in Gedelitz
10.-15.8. Climate action camp in Hoge Rielen (Kasterlee, Belgium)
11.-13.8. Festival Les Burlesques in Bure (France)
18.-29.8. Climate camp in the rhineland area
35
– Construction of a yurt

– VISIT at farming collective in the region, improve quality of regional networking

no date yet: hitch hiker meeting: Race towards the Traumschule www.hitchfest.org

long term

  • September: Conference for good living: Infos und dates, calender, project map
  • December: Planning and relaxed discussions in the last weeks of the year
  • February: Layout week for the green leaf magazine (gruenes-blatt.de)

More events: